DAILY NEWS --New York City architecture in 2013: The great and the not-so-great

A toast to 4 World Trade Center, Sunset Park's new recycling center and Walker Tower, plus a hard look at Prospect Park's new skating center

 

In the spirit of the Olympics, here are our three favorite projects from 2013 — plus one that didn't stick the landing.


Gold medal
4 World Trade Center

It may not be the biggest building on the 16-acre site, nor the boldest, but it is certainly the most beautiful — a quiet, dignified tower that honors its sacred home. Using simple geometries, Japanese master architect Fumihiko Maki put a notched parallelogram atop a trapezoid and covered the whole thing in a crystalline glass sheath. The result is a solemn sentinel watching over the site.

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